The Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society was organized in 1950 by a group of some
40 mostly Miami County residents as the Miami County Historical Society, with Leonard Hill as
president. It was created to help celebrate the Ohio sesquicentennial coming up in 1953.
One of the ways the group decided to contribute was to develop and publish historical documents
about the county. In 1952 they published their first book, Miami County History 1807 - 1953;
a new version was begun in 1978, was in its second printing in 1982, and is still available as Miami
County History 1981. Information on numerous other publications which were developed along
the way are listed on the Publications for Sale Web page.
The Society has changed organizational structure and focus over its lifetime, adding genealogy to its
sphere of interest, changing its name to The Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society in 1987,
and shortly afterwards becoming a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. In 1990 the Society
incorporated as a non-profit organization to fit better with its sponsorship of educational activities
in the genealogical sphere.
The Society is a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and conducts a Family Lineage Award program in which individuals can receive certificates for having relatives who were
among Miami County’s first families (prior to 1830), were pioneers and settlers (1830-1850), arrived in the Victorian era (1851-1880), were in the Civil War, or were descendants of the slaves freed by John Randolph of Virginia in 1846.
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Documentation proving the
appropriate relationships is submitted to a Society committee for evaluation,
and certificates are awarded to those meeting the criteria.
We conduct a genealogical workshop annually and present bi-monthly programs for the
public on items of historical
and genealogical interest related to the whole county. A Heritage Award is presented to a
county resident who in the opinion
of the MCHGS Board of Directors has made outstanding contributions to the authorship, discovery,
or restoration of historical or genealogical matters or has contributed outstanding service to the Society.
There are general membership meetings every
other month, with a speaker addressing a history-related topic from the local
area. The Board of Directors, elected yearly, meets each month to conduct the
business of the Society and plan meetings and special events. There is an
annual banquet along with the membership meeting in November, at which
officers are elected for the following year and the Heritage Award and Family
Certificates are presented.
The Society maintains contact with its
members via The Miami Meanderings, a quarterly newsletter containing
articles of historical interest, Society activities, coming events,
genealogical queries, and information submitted by readers such as results of
research performed by Society members and abstracts of public records. It is
distributed to all members, as well as local libraries and other
Click on Membership Application (below) for a form.